Jasikevicius: “The defense of the last quarter has been the key”

The Barça coach, Sarunas Jasikevicius, pointed out the defense of his players in the last quarter as “the key” to explain the hard-fought victory this Friday in the second game of the Euroleague quarterfinals against Zalgiris Kaunas (89-81).

Our players came out with maximum motivation, tried to match that of Zalgiris, and they fought very hard. At times we couldn’t control their one-on-one, but the defense in the last quarter was the clue. We were able to stop them and get points on the counterattack”, summed up the Lithuanian coach.

In the press room at the Palau Blaugrana, Jasikevicius acknowledged that Barça committed “mistakes in some defense situations” by lack of “head” although he emphasized:The desire and the body that we have put to the limit have been there during the 40 minutes”.

After a very good victory it’s easy not to play so rough and today from the beginning we were very involved, fighting like crazy. But there are two teams playing and Zalgiris, who he has a lot of character and hearthe has played very well”, acknowledged ‘Saras’.

After praising the “fantastic” atmosphere of the Palau Blaugranathe Barça coach highlighted the reading of the game by the three point guards of the team, Nico Laprovittola, Rokas Jokubaitisy Thomas Satoranskyto generate benefits.

They are very strong at home, we know, but in a series best of five matches the most important thing is to make adjustment, understand the opponent and not make concentration mistakes. There is less and less margin for surprise and we must go further”, he concluded.

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